Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - Falling

by Tim Heaney on July 22, 2009 @ 14:00:00 PDT

 


Also see: Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - Rising

Fantasy baseball waivers and discarded fantasy baseball players can make or break a season. You may have adjusted your fantasy baseball cheat sheets over and over during spring training. If your team remains the same after opening day, though, you will probably have trouble competing in your rotisserie baseball league.

When is it time to give up on your fantasy baseball sleepers? Which players are worth retaining? KFFL.com's Diamond Market series gives you the fantasy baseball tips and advice you need to sort through the masses quickly.

Key

Discard - Drop player (in most circumstances)

Stash - Hold player if roster space is available; consider dropping if trend continues

Hold - Do not drop player (in most circumstances)

Third basemen

Mike Lowell, Boston Red Sox

The Sox's acquisition of first baseman Adam LaRoche (Pittsburgh Pirates) adds another wrinkle to Boston's cautious utilization of Lowell. While this could also affect the workload of designated hitter David Ortiz, the injury-prone third sacker will probably be preserved more often.

As we've said previously, Lowell provides solid bench spot filler who can carry you with the occasional hot streak on deep mixed teams. He may be more effective when he actually steps on the field, though you don't need to hang on if you must turn your attention elsewhere.

Shallow mixed: Stash

Deep mixed: Stash

AL-only: Hold

Starting pitchers

Tim Wakefield, Boston Red Sox

His 11 wins have cloaked an up-and-down year. Wake hit the DL yesterday with a lower back strain. The 43-year-old had a 5.14 ERA in two July starts and was inconsistent before that: 1.86 April ERA, 6.82 in May and 3.45 in June.

Boston Red Sox SP Tim Wakefield
Don't hold on tight to the knuckleballer

The innings eater has a favorable average run support of 8.78 per nine innings, which has helped him through rough patches this season. Though Wake's backing offense has made him useful and he says he'll return when eligible (Aug. 2), you should not feel guilty about letting go if you need to address other needs.

Shallow mixed: Discard

Deep mixed: Stash

AL-only: Hold

Andrew Miller, Florida Marlins

Miller was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans this week after failing to adjust to his adjustments. After tweaking his delivery to take a more direct route to the plate, Miller unfortunately couldn't regain the deception in his breaking stuff, and leaning on his fastball cost him some strikeout ability. His walk rate remains an overwhelming negative.

There's still promise here, and he'll probably be back up later in the season. He's worth re-examining in the future based on how he does in N'awlins.

Shallow mixed: Discard

Deep mixed: Discard

NL-only: Stash

Also see: Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - Rising

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About Tim Heaney

Tim's work has been featured by USA Today/Sports Weekly, among numerous outlets, and recognized as a finalist in the Fantasy Sports Writers Association awards. The Boston University alum, who competes in the prestigious LABR and Tout Wars, has won numerous industry leagues in both baseball and football.

He appears frequently, including every Sunday, on Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio, as well as every Wednesday on 1570 AM WNST in Baltimore.


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